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Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas

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GAMEZ SANCHEZ, Donelia; DUENAS MOREIRA, Odeite; ALFONSO SAGUE, Karen  e  GONZALEZ GUERRA, Quenia Mercedes. Gastric cancer mortality and temporary trends in Cuba. 2007-2017. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2021, vol.20, n.4, e3369.  Epub 10-Ago-2021. ISSN 1729-519X.


The study of mortality is a fundamental tool for decision-marking in health. Gastric cancer is the fourth most common malignant tumor in the world.


To characterize gastric cancer mortality and determine changes in the mortality trends in Cuba between 2007 and 2017.

Material and Methods:

Cross-sectorial descriptive observational study conducted in Cuba in the period 2007-2017. Universe: total number of deaths in the country whose basic cause of death included in the death certificate was gastric cancer. The data were taken from the mortality database digitized by the Directorate of Medical Records and Statistics of the Ministry of Public Health. Joinpoint Regression Program version 4.7 was used for the analysis of temporary trends.


A total of 9 370 deaths were registered within the period; 79,6 % of them were adults over 60 years old, the male sex with 61,0 %. Specific mortality rates by age groups increased after the sixth decade of life. Mortality showed a tendency to increase in both sexes.


Gastric cancer trends increased during the 16 years of study. They may be influenced by aging and other associated factors that are not considered in this study.

Palavras-chave : Cuba; gastric cancer; mortality; trend; mortality rate.

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